I had no idea that there were foods to avoid while breastfeeding. I have been breastfeeding for almost two years now and nobody ever told me this…of course it is common sense to a certain degree. I mean–I absolutely made sure to learned to avoid the “avoid foods” during pregnancy that is recommended! Ah well, live and learn.
The book “New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding” by Joan Younger Meek is a great resource that I relied on and continue to for this season of life, but there is not as much about the foods to avoid while breastfeeding. Some of the allergen foods is mentioned in a few places and they are not elaborated on greatly.
So, you ask, what are the foods to avoid? Here’s the list: Coffee, Chocolate (both for caffeine), Alcohol (c’mon, you don’t want to give your baby a buzz), Broccoli (and other “gassy foods” like beans, couliflower, etc.), Spicy Foods (like jalapenos and so on; incidentally not all babies have a problem so just exclude if fussiness seems to occur), Garlic (also a taste issue for baby possibly), Fish (same as during pregnancy, mercury happens), Citrus (apparently can irritate their new little gastrointestinal system), Peppermint and Parsley (used to halt milk supply so use sparingly), Peanuts/Tree Nuts (high-allergen food passes to baby), Corn (high allergen), Shellfish (high allergen), Egg (possibly egg white allergen), Soy (food allergen), Wheat (especially if mom or dad is allergic), and of course Milk and Dairy (for, you guessed it, food allergen).
Happy Breastfeeding 🙂